By Mike Welsh


‘What can ya do’ might be Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s private mantra lately but no doubt he’ll put a polished spin on the latest roadblock placed in his path to Adelaide Ave and a legitimate mandate from the people next year.


It’s the National party (this time) which is creating damage to the conservative brand but it still must be dealt with and dealt with quickly. 

For the nationals indeed ‘what do you do’ when your bench is bare and you only have Barnaby Joyce skulking in the wings. The last thing you need is the man from Hong Kong Mallee MP Andrew Broad. 

The Nationals have a leadership problem but lately when country cousins have a problem their slicker city conservative relatives also have a problem.

National’s leader and soon to step in as acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack is not for the long haul. That is clear.

Andrew Broad or, if New Idea is driving the narrative, “Randy Andy” has quit after ‘considering his future’. The “Mallee Bull’ has stumbled off the pious political platform he build after being outed as a cad by the gutter mag New Idea. 

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A cosy arrangement with a malleable Canberra press gallery which- when it suits-‘respectfully’ remains within the ‘what goes on in Canberra etc etc’ – is now seemingly off.  Now shamless scandal mag New Idea has entered new waters by exposing a political sex scandal. With Karl Stephanovic losing his badboy appeal and Shane Warne and Nick Kyrgios behaving themselves the mag seemingly has been forced to “grow the biz” by other means. Has New Idea pricked the Canberra bubble ? 

There are plenty in and outside the ‘bubble’ who, smugly, claim to know what goes on.

The one-time adviser to Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm Helen Dale (aka Helen Demidenko of Miles Franklin infamy) this year shared some salacious tit bits picked up from her time in the capital. 

“Politicians, staffers and reporters circle each other warily but also socialise, aided by alcohol and bonhomie. 
“Wednesday evenings, when sittings are truncated and everyone’s diary fills with boozy events, have been known to generate more sex than Canberra’s brothels.”

Could New Idea’s straying beyond the respectful boundaries of the bubble potentially reveal a big bowl of trouble for others?.  

For the Nationals though all is not lost. The grand-daddy of all badboys, Barnaby Joyce, has finally grown up and settled down. Joyce is reportedly ready and willing to crack the whip again and take over from the poor unfortunate “Micky Mac” who may well go down as one of the most beige Deputy Prime Ministers of all time.

The former first lady Michelle Obama hit a high note on political Ps and Qs in 2016 when she said “when they go low we go high”

But how low do they have to go before the Nats give Barnaby another go?


Sinner Spinner Yarns Success with Winner Spinner

al camp pic 2By Mike Welsh

Champion spinner Shane Warne told legendary former Downing St spinner Alastair Campbell that there were three words which were crucial to his outstanding success story in the game of cricket. Never Give Up

Campbell, who spoke to me for my radio show (audio below), reveals the motivational gem in his latest book Winners and How They Succeed.

While the former strategist for Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair has a passion for Australian winners, including former PM Paul Keating and AFL legend Leigh Mathews, he has some sobering advice for current PM Tony Abbott….Have a strategy and stick to it.

Apart from a Never Say Die attitude Alastair Campbell says he discovered resilience was a common thread winding through the winners, including Richard Branson and surfer Layne Beachley, he spoke to for the book.

Shane Warne the Sordid Sex Story that Keeps on Giving.

By Mike Welsh

A lot of people write a lot of stuff about Shane Warne. Shane Warne writes a lot of stuff about Shane Warne.

So it rarely raises a ripple when a tacky tabloid such as Woman’s Day returns to drop its slop bucket into the Warne Well and haul out another SHANE SEX SAGA.

WD #1And WD “journalists” don’t have to dig too deeply for creative copy either.. “SEX ROMP”, “NIGHT OF PASSION” and “RAUNCHY REVELATIONS” are easily interchangeable with those other saucy staples “MY HOT HOTEL NIGHT WITH WARNIE” and “MY STEAMY SEX SESSION WITH SPIN KING” when it comes to a yarn about Warnie.

The spinner only has to scribble an autograph or flash his expensive and dazzling smile in a selfie within metres of a female, and you’ve got the makings of another sordid SHANE sex saga.  Get a pretty girl to pose for a snap, put some words in her mouth and a few bucks in her purse and BINGO. “HE WAS INSATIABLE”:  36 year old single mother tells of her “TRYST WITH TEST STAR SHANE”.

I guess when your ex wife gives Woman’s Day a juicy “exclusive” as she punts you out the door, as Simone did, you don’t have much of a defence. WD can write pretty much anything it feels like whenever it feels like it or circulation numbers demand it.

This time round it’s a 43 year old single mother from Adelaide. Her name and city are irrelevant. It’s a winning formula for Woman’s Day. If Warnie’s in town there is bound to be a yarn about a 36 or 42 year old single mother/part-time model who hooked up with the “Sheik of Tweak” for some good old fashioned shagging.

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No doubt a spare Shane Warne SEX ROMP story or three is on ice in the WD esky about a “single mum who linked up with the bad boy of cricket via social media in HOBART/PERTH/BRISBANE while Warne was in town covering the test match for channel 9”.

But some words other than Sex, Tryst and Sordid creatively and lovingly assembled by a genuine writer tell the real story about the bloke they call WARNIE. Aussie minstrel Paul Kelly penned Ode To Shane Warne in 2007.

“Shane Warne well know to history, Shane Warne bowler of mystery”